Who said that the festivals were only in the summer? Porto has the ideal festival in the middle of spring, NOS Primavera Sound.
It’s been running since 2012 in a city that has been making its name as one of the best European tourist destinations. Perhaps that’s why around 90 thousand people from 50 countries come to this festival each year, over a three-day period. And this number has been constantly growing.
The NOS Primavera Sound comes across as the Portuguese equivalent of the San Miguel Primavera Sound open-air festival, which takes place in Barcelona.
The artistic line-up follows the same principles as the Barcelona event, which is notable for the variety of styles, highlighting both the local landscape and international artists, and for its commitment to new bands as well as artists with long and respected careers.
The festival takes place in the Parque da Cidade, a large city park beside the Atlantic coast that is able to receive about 30,000 people a day. The line-up will be distributed among several different stages. In addition to the main stage, the “Palco NOS” stage, there will be the “Palco ATP” stage which belongs to a British promoter All Tomorrow’s Parties, creator of Primavera Sound festivals held in the UK, USA and Australia.
NOS Primavera Sound is now a mandatory stop in panorama of European festivals, having been mentioned in 2017 by The Guardian as one of the top 10 music festivals in Europe.
Porto is the second largest city in Portugal. A charming town located near the Douro river mouth, elected “Best European Destination 2014″ by the “European Consumers Choice”.
Oporto has a unique culture, buildings with a fantastic architecture, unforgettable cuisine, friendly people, lots of nightlife, numerous places of tourist and architectural interest and even a historic center that is World Heritage since 1996, plus the gorgeous Casa da Música designed by a renowned architect Rem Koolhaas.
√ Drink a beer in one of the terraces in the Ribeira area
√ Eat a francesinha
√ Take a boat ride in the Douro River
√ Take a walk in the Bulhão market
√ Visit the Serralves Foundation
√ Take a picture on the stairs of the Lello bookstore
√ Try a fine wine at a visit to the Port Wine Cellars
√ Attend a concert at the Casa da Música
√ Take a walk in the gardens of the Cristal Palace
√ Climb the 240 steps of the Torre dos Clérigos